We found 5 pediatric ophthalmologists who accept Humana ChoiceCare Network near Saint Louis, MO.

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Dr. Prabakar Kanagala Rao, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology, Ocular Oncology, Vitreoretinal Diseases, Uveitis and Ocular Immunology
660 South Euclid Avenue; Box 8096
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Prabakar Rao is a medical specialist in pediatric ophthalmology, ocular oncology, and vitreoretinal diseases (retina and vitreous). His clinical interests encompass uveitis and diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Rao is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians, Center for Advanced Medicine, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rao accepts. He attended the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin for residency.

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Clinical interests: Macular Surgery, Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Hole, Uveitis, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, ... (Read more)

Dr. Steven Michael Couch, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Ophthalmology
4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Steven Couch's specialties are ophthalmic plastic surgery and pediatric ophthalmology. He practices in Saint Louis, MO and Creve Coeur, MO. His areas of expertise include TCA peel, xeomin injection, and cheek (mid-face) lift. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Couch is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Mayo Clinic. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Couch takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Eyelid Retraction Repair, Ptosis Repair, Double Eyelid Surgery, Eyelid Problems, Juvederm, Chemical ... (Read more)

Dr. Susan M Culican, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
915 North Grand Boulevard; St. Louis Va Medical Center - John Cochran Division
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Susan Culican is a pediatric ophthalmology specialist in Saint Louis, MO. She has indicated that her clinical interests include strabismus and cataracts. Dr. Culican's hospital/clinic affiliations include Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Washington University Physicians, and St. Louis Children's Hospital. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency.

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Clinical interests: Nystagmus, Cataracts, Amblyopia, Strabismus, Refractive Surgery, Eye Problems

Dr. Gregg Thomas Lueder, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology, Ocular Oncology
1 Children's Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Gregg Lueder is a physician who specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and ocular oncology. His clinical interests include strabismus. Dr. Lueder is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, St. Louis Children's Specialty Care Center, and Missouri Baptist Medical Center. He attended the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for residency. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Retinoblastoma, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Strabismus, Eye Problems

Dr. Lawrence Tychsen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology
1 Children's Place
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Lawrence Tychsen's area of specialization is pediatric ophthalmology. After completing medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Dr. Tychsen is especially interested in eye movement disorders and cataracts. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, St. Louis Children's Specialty Care Center, and Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Nystagmus, Eye Movement Disorders, Cataracts, Cerebral Palsy, Amblyopia, Strabismus, Refractive ... (Read more)

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What is Pediatric Ophthalmology?

Pediatric ophthalmologists are doctors that care for children’s eyes. Since vision is not fully developed until the age of twelve, problems with children’s eyes and vision are much different than problems with adult eyes. The youngest patients may not be able to communicate about their vision clearly or cooperate with exams like an grown-up would. In addition, if issues are treated effectively in childhood, it can often improve healthy vision as an adult. For all these reasons, pediatric ophthalmologists are important partners when it comes to kids’ eye health.

Pediatric ophthalmology is about more than just prescribing glasses. Some of the issues treated by pediatric ophthalmologists include:
  • Amblyopia, or lazy eye
  • Eye alignment problems, such as strabismus
  • Refractive errors, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness
  • Congenital cataracts, when a baby is born with a cloudy lens in the eye
  • Eye injuries
  • Vision problems caused by health issues that affect the whole body, such as juvenile diabetes or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

Often, when adults are diagnosed with strabismus (eyes that are crossed or turn in different directions) they will be treated by a pediatric ophthalmologist, even though they are not children. Adult ophthalmologists seldom encounter strabismus, and pediatric ophthalmologists learn the techniques for treating strabismus are during their medical training. Since pediatric ophthalmologists have more experience with strabismus, they are the best choice even for adults.

Some of the treatments used by pediatric ophthalmologists include:
  • Prescription lenses, including glasses and contacts
  • Prescription medications to treat infections or inflammation
  • Other medical treatments, such as eye patches, tear duct massage, or eye exercises
  • Surgical procedures, such as those to repair blocked tear ducts or correct eye alignment
  • Laser treatments for retinopathy

Not being able to see well can make many parts of a child’s life difficult. Pediatric ophthalmologists work to protect your children’s vision now and into the future.
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